Fasade backsplash FAQ’s
1. How do I need to prepare the wall before I install backsplash?
2. What can I use to cut the backsplash panels?
3. What kind of adhesive can I use to install backsplash?
4. If I choose to use tube adhesive, how much do I need to purchase?
5. What is Edge J-Trim, and do I have to use it?
6. What is Inside Corner Trim, and do I have to use it?
7. Can backsplash panels be cleaned?
8. Can I put backsplash panels behind my stove?
9. Can I get samples of the backsplash panels?
10. What tools will I need to install backsplash?
11. During installation of my backsplash, some of the 100% polyurethane dried on the finish side of my panels. How can I remove that?
12. What paint should I use for the paintable white panels?
The wall to which you plan to install backsplash panels to needs to be freshly cleaned, free from dust, grease, wax, etc. After you’ve cleaned the wall, be sure that it is dried thoroughly. Acceptable substrates are drywall, plaster or clean, smooth tile (glazed, porcelain type tile; not porous or textured), concrete, smooth stucco, wood paneling, mirror, glass, metal, etc.
Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched, leveled and primed. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine-grade sandpaper. Any porous material like highly textured drywall, plywood (or any raw wood without primer), and wallpaper unless removed, sanded and primed, will result in adhesive failure.
To cut the backsplash panels, you can use a utility knife, scissors or a tin snips.
The recommended adhesive is Loctite® PL Premium. Apply adhesive according to drawing below, using approximately 1/8″ notched trowel. (10.5 oz. adhesive tube size covers approximately 4 backsplash panels.) Consult the individual adhesive instructions on the container prior to beginning your installation. Lightly spray the adhesive with a fine mist of clean water before applying to wall. This will help adhesive cure. Follow the directions on the Backsplash installation guide. The second type of adhesive that can be used is a High-Bond Double-Sided Tape. This is applied in strips to the wall or the back of the panel. Please see the installation guide for specific instructions.
If using the tube adhesive to install the backsplash panels, one 10.5-ounce size tube covers approximately 4 backsplash panels. Be sure to carefully read the instructions on the back of the adhesive tube.
Edge J-Trim is an 18-inch trim piece that is available to use on the cut or exposed edges of your backsplash. The trim is not required to be used with the backsplash panels, but does give the backsplash a nice, finished look. The trim pieces are available in the same colors as the backsplash panels.
Inside Corner Trim is an 18-inch trim piece that is available to use on an inside corner of your backsplash. The trim is not required to be used, but does give the backsplash a nice, finished look. The trim pieces are available in the same colors as the backsplash panels.
Once you have your backsplash installed, the panels can be cleaned with soap and water only. Any harsh abrasives will damage the finish on the tiles.
Even though the backsplash panels are fire-retardant, they can be deformed by excessive heat (over 140 degrees Fahrenheit). The panels can be installed above or behind most stoves. Be sure to keep heat sources – toaster ovens, cooking ranges, etc., 2-3 inches away from the backsplash panel’s surface.
Yes, samples are available through our sample request form, or call us at 1-800-434-3750.
To install backsplash panels, you will need the following:
Tin Snips or Scissors
Steel Strait Edge
Adhesive – Tube adhesive or tape adhesive
If some of the adhesive has dried on the finish side of the panels, you can use mineral spirits to remove it. Mineral spirits is the only solvent you can use that won’t damage the panel’s finish.
|Manufacturer||Paint||Preparation1||Preparation 2||Application Type|
|DTM Bonding Primer
|Brush, Spray & Roller (for specific type, see data sheet) https://www.nysdot.gov/divisions/engineering/technical-services/technical-services-repository/details/acroltech.pdf
|Signature Interior or
|Plastic Primer Spray
|Premium quality roller,
Polyester Brush, or
Latex or Oil Paint
|Fresh Start Primer
|Latex or oil paint: nylon/polyester professional brushes or shed-resistant professional roller covers|
|Pratt & Lambert
|Scuff Sanding or TSP Cleaner
|Supreme Interior /
Exterior Multi Purpose
|Brush: Nylon or Polyester
Roller: 3/8” nap cover